Today gerrymandering today is a different game – played on a national scale, operating with 21st century digital efficiency, capable of overruling the popular vote. It has baked gridlock into our political system.
Volkswagen has long been known for strict, top-down decision making, with even minor matters requiring the OK of its governing officials. The company’s premeditated, systemic betrayal of consumer trust is no small thing
Unable to govern and unwilling to be governed, the deepest dysfunctions of the House Republican conference are rising to the surface, as the party struggles to choose a new speaker.
Some rich guys and GOPers actually contend that government should take the taxes paid by workers and give that money to corporations to improve worker wages and working conditions.
This week, a bunch of Republican Congressmen made fools of themselves during their own hearing to bring down Planned Parenthood. It was farcical from beginning to end.
As John Boehner eyes the exit, and House Republicans prepare to vote for new leadership next week, the line-up for the post-Boehner House GOP leadership is all white, all male, and as extreme as they wanna be.
The vast majority of the House voted to keep the government in operation, even with Planned Parenthood funding. This is all about what the House is allowed to vote on, not what the majority wants.
House Speaker John Boehner's resignation helped keep the government open for another 72 days. But the wingnuts who claimed his hide are on the march. Folly rules. And we all suffer the consequences.
Francis expressed a belief in our collective power by asking us all to pray for him. Maybe the pontiff should have asked us to pray for something else: that Congress might actually listen to a word he’d just said.
Anti-government types just can't stand that the U.S. Postal Service shows government doing its job of helping make our lives better. The latest salvo comes from Brookings – which gets funding from FedEx.
House Speaker John Boehner is like the ineffectual substitute teacher whose presence barely keeps an unruly class in line. His exit leaves a chaotic House GOP without adult supervision.
Pope Francis came to town in Washington, DC, this week, calling for a “revolution of tenderness,” and bringing his powerful messages on climate change and poverty to Congress. Naturally, wingnuts don't want to hear it.
The RAPID Act is designed to get government out of the way of big corporations, by prohibiting the government from stopping polluters and companies that endanger the health and safety of the public.
Jeb Bush says Pope Francis should keep his climate views to himself because he's not a scientist. But the Pope actually is a scientist. He is a chemical engineer.
If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thought running for President of the United States was a big challenge, he may be facing an even more imposing contest back in his home state in Milwaukee
The second Republican presidential debate shed light on why the GOP doesn’t want to do anything about climate change. Sen. Marco Rubio led the charge against shifting to green energy. That can't-do attitude could drown Rubio's home state.
Republicans don’t believe that the American government should do things that make the American people’s lives better, so now they are threatening to shut down the whole government. Again.
The days of Republicans getting away with painting Democrats and liberals as incompatible with faith are behind us. And the risk of political embarrassment this week remains squarely with the GOP.
Now it is clear how narrow Scott Walker's base of support was, and how limited is the strategy of union-bashing. Republicans might want to consider appealing to union workers rather than bashing them.
The Republican establishment appears to have decided that the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will save it from Donald Trump. Will Fiorina do for America what she did to HP?
Scott Walker should be a cautionary tale to the GOP. His ratings plummeted after he released his anti-union screed last week. Americans oppose union busting because they know unions are a path to achieve the American Dream.
The Republican assault on Planned Parenthood is filled with lies and distortions, and the House vote last week to cut off its funding may lead to a government shutdown. This is, quite frankly, nuts.
Pope Francis arrives in America on Tuesday, meets with President Obama on Wednesday, addresses Congress on Thursday and the United Nations on Friday. But no one knows exactly what he wants to accomplish.
A 14-year-old high school freshman and budding scientist build his own clock, and brought it to school to show his teacher. Instead, he got arrested, and wingnuts lost their minds. Because he was Muslim, of course.
This weeks' GOP presidential debate displayed candidates who not only scorn all things Obama, but brandish foreign policy postures so unhinged from reality they made Donald Trump sound reasonable.
To hear Republican presidential candidates tell it, the most important issue facing the nation is Hillary Clinton’s old emails. Not climate change, not growing inequality, or our tattered justice system — just Clinton's emails.
The rest of the Republican presidential candidates are causing people to ask, "Wait, is Donald Trump the reasonable one?" Watch tonight's debate to see the freak show.
Anti-gay Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis has gone back to work, and back to square one. Although she shows no signs of going away, conservatives want Davis' saga to be over — and soon.
Things got ugly this week, when Fox News anchor Shep Smith told the truth about Kentucky county clerk, and anti-gay theocrat, Kim Davis. The truth hurts, and wingnuts didn’t like it one bit.
The tax plan the Republican candidate has released this week shows he is as wedded to failed conservative economic orthodoxy as his relatives and the rest of the Republican political leadership.
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, seemed set to become a full fledged right-wing martyr/saint. Then a funny thing happened on the way to her canonization.
This week, President Obama gave a national landmark its name back. Wingnuts tried to make a mountain out of that molehill. Meanwhile, a Kentucky county clerk goes from standing in the chapel door to sitting in jail.
Wingnut reactions to the on-air shooting of two Roanoke, Virginia journalists brings to mind the famous question Joseph N. Welch asked Sen. Eugene McCarthy: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” No, they don’t.
Commentators still dismiss Donald Trump as a summertime fling. But Trump's tropes are not simply ravings. They are making a case that many Americans want to hear.
This week, Donald Trump gave the 2016 presidential election its best unofficial campaign slogan yet. Meanwhile, the Duggar family is proving harder to get rid of than a coldsore.
Former right-wing senator Phil Gram seems to have developed a new empathy for people who are demonized. He turned up on Capitol Hill recently, wailing that overpaid corporate chieftains are actually — get this — victims of public bigotry.
Ten years later, the Bush administration's failed response to Hurricane Katrina is a heartrending example of conservatism's most devastating failure, and its most catastrophic success.
Companies that did not use this tax dodge have already paid their taxes. Letting these multinational corporations off would reward the multinationals for dodging, and give them a tremendous advantage over companies that paid their taxes.
When Republican governors promise to bring their budget-balancing skills to Washington, it is worth knowing that those skills involve number-fudging and willful blindness.
Republican candidates start with appropriately grandiloquent anger about the moral depravity of income inequality. But they are as adept as a bunch of monkeys when it comes to solutions.